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spoke a few hours ago, and breaking news, john kerry will speak in about 15 minutes. kerry is in ukraine's capital of kiev. the secretary also visited independence square, which had been the center of protests and where a huge memorial has now been erected to those killed before president yanukovych was ousted. we'll bring you secretary kerry's remarks live when he starts. again, that's in about 15 minutes from now. meantime, speaking publicly for the first time since the ukraine crisis boiled over, president putin accused the west of encouraging a, quote, unconstitutional coup in ukraine and said russia reserves the right to use military force as a, quote, last resort. however, these images, obviously, are stirring. russian troops, who had taken control of a ukrainian air base in crimea fired warning shots as ukraine soldiers approached. all this as we said with secretary of state john kerry now in ukraine in a show of support. nbc news chief fortunate affairs correspondent andrea mitchell joins us now by phone in kiev. andrea, do we have a preview of what we might hear from secretary k
now, high level talks aimed at easing the crisis in ukraine are under way. john kerry just met with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: h
. secretary of state john kerry will head to the ukraine capital of kiev later today in a show of support for the interim government. mentime, in just the past hour, a russian commander delivered a ultimatum to ukraine troops in ukraine's crimea region, surrender by 5:00 a.m. tomorrow or russian forces will storm the bases. that was the message that was just sent. russian forces are now in complete control of crimea. they took over this weekend without firing a shot and without resistance. the big question is, where will they stop? the u.s. and its allies are weighing options after russian president vladimir putin defiantly ignored president obama's warning not to invade ukraine. >> this is ran act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. the fact is, he's going to lose on the international stage. russia's going to lose, the russian people are going to lose. he's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the olympics. his $60 billion extravaganza. he is not going to have a sochi g8. he may not even rem
to let her go without taking this to the very end of the legal system. kerrie, we will continue to follow your story and that of your 6-year-old granddaughter and wish you the best, as well as that child. thank you. >> thank you. >>> up next, bill clinton and alison grimes follow what appear to be the democratic playbook for the 2014 midterms. bffs, nbc's mark murray is up next. ♪boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants... voice-enabled bill pay. just a tap away on the geico app. ♪ huh, 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. yup, everybody knows that. well, did you know that some owls aren't that wise. don't forget about i'm having brunch with meagan tomorrow. who? seriously, you met her like three times. who? geico. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go. let's talk asset allocation. sure. you seem knowledgeable, professional. i'm actually a dj. [ dance music plays ] woman: [laughs] no way! that really is you? if they're not a cfp pro, you just don't know. cfp -- work with the highest standard. ♪ make
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